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Medical Director

The H.E.A.R.T. of Mississippi

(Health Education, Advancement, Research, and Training)

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Empowering Health Education

Medical Director

Chet Shermer

Chester "Chet" Shermer, MD

Medical Director


  • Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, September 2014 to present.
  • Medical Director, The H.E.A.R.T. of Mississippi, May 8, 2015 to present.


  • Program Evaluation Committee member, January 2015 to present.
  • Clinical Capstone Simulations for Medical Students, February 2015 to present.
  • Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner Student from University of South Alabama, February 2015.
  • Preceptor for Doctor of Osteopathic Medical Student from William Carey School of Osteopathic Medicine, October 2013.


  • Major, Mississippi Army National Guard, June 2010 to present.
  • Captain, United States Army Reserve, January 2008 to June 2010.
  • Deployed to Afghanistan as Brigade Surgeon for Task Force Yankee, 26th MEB, October 2011 – January 2012.
  • Deployed to Kosovo as Physician for Task Force Medical Falcon, July - October 2009.
  • Graduated, Officer’s Basic Leadership Course, February 2009.


  • Postgraduate Medical Education: Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS. 1997-2001.
  • Medical School: MD 1997. University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS. 1993-1997.
  • Undergraduate: BA in Chemistry. Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS. 1989-1991.


  • Graduate Medical Education:
    • Chief Resident, 2000-2001
    • Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award 2001
    • Excellence in Research Award 1999-2000
    • Robert S. Caldwell Memorial Award, May 2001
    • Member, Graduate Medical Education Committee
  • Medical School:
    • Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship
    • Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award, May 1997
  • Undergraduate:
    • Alpha Epsilon Delta
    • Gamma Beta Phi (a service honorary)
    • Phi Lambda Upsilon (a chemistry honorary)


  • Graduate Medical Education:
    • Dr. Richard Summers, MD, Research Elective, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, (1999). ‘Acute pain is not associated with increases in heart rate or respiratory rate.’ Presented at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Conference in San Francisco, CA  5/2000.
  • Medical School:
    • Dr. Marcy Petrini, Department of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS (5/95 to 8/95). ‘Determination of Work of Breathing in Obese Subjects.’ Summer Research Fellowship.


  • Shermer, Chester, “Acute Fibular Head Dislocation in a 27-Year-Old Man”, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 47, Issue No. 4, October 2014.
  • Shermer, C.D., “Hand Infections” and “Compartment Syndrome”, Rosen and Barkin’s 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult, Second – Fifth Editions.  2003-2014.
  • Shermer, C.D., Valley, V.T. “Miscarriage” AAEM Emergency Medical And Family Health Guide, eMedicine Online Journal. March 2001.
  • Valley, V.T., Shermer, C.D. “Use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Pes Anserine Tendonitis: A Case Report.’ The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 20:1.  2001.
  • Shermer CD, Summers RL, Vignogna-Barlas L. Acute pain is not always associated with increases in heart rate and respiratory rate. Acad Emerg Med 2000; 7(5): 530 #311.
  • Olinde, M.D., K., Petrini, Ph.D., M., Shermer, C., et al. ‘The Relationship of Peak Exercise Oxygen Consumption and Pulmonary Function Tests in Patients with Severe Left Ventricular Dysfunction.’ Proceedings of the Thirtieth Ann. Meet. And Expos. Of the Assoc. for the Advanc. Medic. Instr., 70:1995.
  • Petrini, Ph.D., M., McEachern, M.D., R., Shermer, C., et al. ‘The Run Test to Detect Trends in the Work of Breathing.’ Proceedings of the Thirtieth Ann. Meet. And Expos. Of the Assoc. for the Advanc. Medic. Instr., 72:1995.
  • Petrini, M., Patel, R., Shaheen, A., Shermer, C., et al. ‘ Respiratory Drive During the Weaning Process.’ Amer. J. Resp. and Crit. Care Med. 151: A423, 1995.
  • Shaheen, A., Petrini, M., Patel, R., Shermer, C., et al. ‘ Work of Breathing (WOB) Before and After Extubation.’ Amer. J. Resp. and Crit. Care Med. 151:A431, 1995.


  • 09/14 to present: Associate Professor, University of Mississippi Medical Center.
  • 07/00 to 09/14: Owner and Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine Associates of Jackson serving Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
  • 10/10 to 09/14: Physician, River Oaks ED, Flowood, MS.
  • 04/09 to 09/14: Physician, SWRMC ED, McComb, MS.
  • 07/01 to 09/09: Clinical Assistant Professor, UMMC, Jackson, MS.
  • 04/99 to 05/00: Physician, Emergency Department of UMC at Lexington, MS.
  • 06/99 to 06/00: Physician, Central Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS.
  • 12/98 to 06/01: Physician, Vicksburg Medical Center, Vicksburg, MS.
  • 12/98 to 12/99: Physician, Jeff Anderson Medical Center, Meridian, MS.
  • 07/98 to 12/99: Physician, History/Physical Examinations, HealthScreens, Jackson, MS.
  • 07/98 to 06/01: Emergency Medicine Residency, UMMC, MS
  • 06/97 to 05/98: Internship, UMMC, Jackson, MS
  • 08/96 to 05/97: Poison Information Spec. II, UMC Poison Control Center, Jackson, MS.


  • Post Residency:
    • ACGME/RRC committee at University of MS Medical Center.
    • Featured Lecturer on Therapeutic Hypothermia at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center CME Event, 2010.
    • Guest Lecturer on Case Discussions for Ministers in Times of Medical Emergency at Mississippi College Masters of Divinity Course, 2008 and 2012.
  • Residency:
    • Instructor, UMC Basic Ultrasound Course with Verena Valley, MD.
    • Instructor, UMC Trauma Lecture, Abdominal Trauma with Rick Carlton, MD.
  • Medical School:
    • American College of Emergency Physicians
    • Emergency Medicine Resident's Association
    • Carl G. Evers, M.D. Society (Honorary Curriculum Advisory Committee)
    • American Medical Association
    • Sports Physicals at Whitten Junior High School, Jackson, MS.
    • Intramural Sports


I actively enjoy golf, baseball, physical exercise, and spending time with family.


  • American Board of Emergency Medicine Certified, 2002-2022.
  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians, 2003.
  • Fellow, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, 2013.
  • Basic Life Support, December 2013-2015.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, February 2011-2013.
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support, March 2011-2013.
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support, March 2009-2013.
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